Another Tip to Find a Domain Buyer


I’ve probably mentioned this tip before, but even if I did, I think it’s value is well worth another post.

When you acquire or own a category defining keyword domain name that you want to sell, you should do a Google search for that domain name and have a look at all of the companies that use your domain name as a part of their url. Many of those companies may wish to either shorten their url or “own the keyword” domain name for the authority that it brings.

I’ll give you an example to show you precisely what I mean.

Let’s say you own and want to sell it. I’d visit Google and do a search for the term “” Notice that I added quotes around the domain name to make sure the results are most accurate. After performing that search, I see that the following companies use in their domain names:


There seems to be dozens of companies and websites that use the term in their url, and I would bet most would want to own the descriptive domain name if they could. I’ve used this method to sell domain names before, and it could help you, too.

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  1. @Rob – This is a very nice tool
    @Elliot – The last 4 posts have been Great
    Really shows the value of a good domain and the importance of owning them vs names with little leads or traffic potential.
    Which more than likely will require one to invest in names that cost more than hand regs or at a minimum lots of time looking for them.
    Nice Job.

  2. @Rob – don’t forget to open ‘advanced search’ and increase the domain length from the default 25 characters to the maximum allowable 63 (in the case of the keyword biketours this increases the results from 1043 to 1086, about 4% more) and also throw in a hyphen and do another search for bike-tours (93 more results).

  3. @Elliot – after identifying a large number of potential buyers by the above method, how do you break the ice with each firm without being accused of spamming?

  4. @ fizz

    I’ve found that nobody accuses me of spamming because I am offering them very good names. If I was trying to sell them shitty names with hyphens, random extensions or backwards keywords (like or something) I am sure people would get angry. I am sending individual, personalized emails to targets I am almost certain will have an interest.

  5. Many thanks Elliot.

    Do you ask for best offers from each, state a BIN, or throw out a price range that you would sell within?

  6. Instead of using “” you should use the following:

    (no spaces)

    This method can also be used without an extension…


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